Angels Landing: Winter (Hikes on December 1 – February 28)

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is piloting a permit program to hike Angels Landing. The program provides a fair process that will improve visitor experience and protect park resources along Angels Landing. Everyone who wants to hike from Scout Lookout to Angels Landing along the half-mile section of trail with chains needs to have a permit. This applies to hikers at all times of day and all times of year. Get a permit by applying to a Seasonal Lottery or by applying for our Day-before Lottery. Hikes during the winter, December 1, 2022 to Febuary 28, 2023 can be found on this page. See ‘Additional Information’ on the right hand side of this website for other seasons. Hiking on the West Rim Trail to Scout Lookout does not require a permit.   

A permit is an opportunity, not a guarantee that conditions will allow a hike on your date and time. Environmental or trail conditions may result in the NPS closing the trail and you may not be able to do the hike. If parking is full you may need to park at a nearby trailhead, or return later when parking is available. Zion Canyon Scenic Drive may close due to parking availability.

Ice and/or snow may be present on substantial portions of the trail. This trail is extremely dangerous during icy or snowy conditions. Check the forecast before you hike. Your safety is your responsibility.

When you apply for the lottery, you can pick up to 7 days and times or ranges of days and times that you are available to hike. Be sure to list the dates you want most first. The lottery uses a ranked choice system to allocate permits. If you do not get your first choice, you may get another. 

You can list up to six people (including the applicant) on your lottery application.   

Applicants pay a $6 non-refundable application fee. This pays for recreation.gov to manage applications, run the lottery, and send emails to every applicant. You will automatically pay a $3 per person fee if recreation.gov issues a permit. This pays for National Park Service rangers to provide help on the trail and check permits.  

If you get a permit, you need to print or download it to bring on your hike. Cellular and data connectivity in the park are poor, so do this before you get to Zion. You may be asked to show your permit and valid photo identification to rangers at any point along the trail.

Throughout the pilot, the effectiveness of the program will be monitored and adjustments may be made. As the first year of implementation closes, initial results of the pilot and major adjustments for future hikes will be shared. Commercial Use Authorization holders must refer to the FAQs on the Zion Commercial Services website.

Notifications and Alerts

Permit & Season Information

You must have a permit to hike any portion of Angels Landing. Permits are needed every day and at all times. Permits are available by two lottery processes. The Seasonal Lottery application periods occur quarterly (see important dates below). Additional permits are issued in the Day-before Lottery.

Need to Know

Permits are required 24 hours a day, seven days a week to hike any portion of Angels Landing. Hiking Angels Landing without a permit is a violation of 36 CFR 1.6 (engaging in a permitted activity without a permit) and is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail. 

Angels Landing permits are:

Commercial Use Authorization holders must refer to the FAQs on the Zion Commercial Services website .  

 

Lottery Applications

Alternates

Permit Details

Getting a permit does not guarantee that you will be able to do this hike. A permit is an opportunity, not a guarantee that conditions will allow a hike on your date and time. Having a permit does not guarantee the safety of the trail. Conditions may cause the trail to be impassable.

Before your hike

What to bring

While on your hike

Fee Policy

Lottery Application Fee: $6 non-refundable application fee. 

Recreation Fee: Each issued permit will be charged $3 per person. 

Permit holders will be responsible for payment of fees for their entire group. If issued a permit, the per person fee will automatically be charged to the card used for the lottery application fee. If the charge to the credit card does not clear, the applicant will not be issued the permit and a new applicant is chosen. Permit holders for Angels Landing will need to pay the park entrance fee when arriving to the park unless they have a federal recreation pass. 

Seasonal Lottery: If your application is selected through the lottery, you will automatically be issued a permit and will be charged $3 per person to the credit or debit card used for your application. 

Day-before Lottery: If your application is selected through the lottery, you will automatically be issued a permit and will be charged $3 per person to the credit or debit card used for your application. 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

For permits issued in a Seasonal Lottery, a permit holder can cancel the permit up to two days before the permit reservation date for a full refund of the recreation fees. Canceled Seasonal Lottery permits will automatically roll into the Day-before Lottery. Cancelled Day-before Lottery permits will not become available again.    

Change Policy

Seasonal Lottery: A permit-holder may reduce the group size up until two-days before the permit reservation date. A refund will be provided for the reduced group size pertaining to recreation fees only. Other changes are not permitted including: increase group number, date change, permit holder, alternate leader. Permits are not transferable.    

Day-before Lottery: No changes are allowed. All fees are non-refundable.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

State Route 9 Springdale UT 84767

Recorded information is available 24 hours a day. If you are unable to reach someone by phone, please email us at zion_park_information@nps.gov.

Phone Number

(435) 772-3256

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